Underdogs claim the spoils
If ever the efficacy of the KZN Inland Cricket Union development programme needed evidence, the Sunfoil Schools Night League primary school final featuring Cordwalles and Winterton Primary was it.
Given the size of the school, the resources at their disposal, and the short distance from Howick Road to The Oval, the form book favoured Cordwalles. But the team from the Drakensberg foothills with a total pupil count of 340 – boys and girls – did not read the script and played with impressive verve to cause an upset, and claim the 2013 title.
Sent into bat first, Cordwalles found the going tough from the beginning against some accurate bowling and determined fielding. But the city school kept its composure and managed a defendable total of 87 for the loss of eight wickets.
The Winterton batsmen had other ideas and attacked the bowling with scant regard for their more illustrious opponents. Batting intelligently and running hard between the wickets, Winterton soon got ahead of the run rate and cruised home with four wickets down and just under five overs remaining.
The high school final featuring the so-called second tier secondary schools was a surprisingly one-sided affair between Howick High and Weston. Batting first, Weston battled against some aggressive pace bowling and managed a disappointing total of 79 with 2.3 overs remaining.
But any notion Howick may have had about a relaxed stroll to the title was dispelled as the Weston attack fought back with a vengeance to grab four quick wickets.
Teetering at 25/4, the Howick batsmen started to find the boundary, including two big sixes by big-hitting Josh Foster, to steady the ship. In the end, Howick proved too organised to canter to victory in just over 10 overs and claim the title.
With two more matches remaining in the “Big Four” showdown, Maritzburg College and Michaelhouse will battle it out for the right to meet Hilton in the final on Thursday evening with St Charles out of the running.
Captains: The winning primary school’s team from Winterton and the second tier winning high school of Howick High.